Armistice Book 2 in the Amberlough Dossier by Lara Elena Donnelly Macmillan-Tor/Forge Tor Books Sci Fi & Fantasy Pub Date 15 May 2018
Armistice is not the easiest book to delve into if you haven’t read its predecessor Amberlough. It is a complex, politically driven novel with hard bitten characters focused on their own agendas. There are no clear “good” guys. All sides were grey. I expected more action. Instead, there was a lot of double dealing discussed and a lot of whining.
I had a hard time identifying with any of the characters. Cordelia was an unlikely rebel leader, with a patois that was unbelievable. Aristide spent his entire time getting drunk, whining, and causing problems. Lillian was the easiest to empathize with. Her devotion to regaining her son is understandable.
I normally like political/espionage novels but Armistice wasn’t my cup of tea. There wasn’t much of the Art Deco flavor that was touted in the description, and the action was only at the very end.
3 / 5
I received a copy of Armistice from the publisher and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
Armistice returns to Donnelly’s ravishing 1930s Art Deco-tinged fantasy world of the Nebula Award-nominated Amberlough with a decadent, tumultuous mixture of sex, politics, and spies “A hefty novel full of fascinating characters exploring oversized topics such as sexuality, music, culture, fascism, nationalism, class wars, revolution and love.” —Shelf Awareness In a tropical country where shadowy political affairs lurk behind the scenes of its glamorous film industry, three people maneuver inside a high stakes game of statecraft and espionage: Lillian, a reluctant diplomat serving a fascist nation, Aristide, an expatriate film director running from lost love and a criminal past, —and Cordelia, a former cabaret stripper turned legendary revolutionary. Each one harbors dangerous knowledge that can upturn a nation. When their fates collide, machinations are put into play, unexpected alliances are built, and long-held secrets are exposed. Everything is barreling towards an international revolt...and only the wiliest ones will be prepared for what comes next